Portland chose conventional wisdom over daring in the 2007 NBA draft, picking defense-first Ohio State center Greg Oden over Texas's scoring prodigy Kevin Durant. Division rival Seattle nabbed Durant and traded the team's leading scorer, Ray Allen, to Boston for two players and the draft's #5 pick, which became Georgetown forward Jeff Green.
Portland also moved talented but troubled 6'11" forward Zach Randolph to the Knicks, resolving a glut in their frontcourt caused by Oden. Said the star center of Durant: "I know we're going to be connected for a long time.... I'd love to win more championships than him."